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Partners develop PCTV minicard for UMPCs

Posted: 29 Jul 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded? ultramobile PC? UMPC? minicard?

MaxLinear Inc. has partnered with Hauppauge Digital to deliver an Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) standards-based PCTV minicard for ultramobile PCs (UMPCs). This partnership marks the first availability of a complete, embedded PCTV solution for the increasingly popular netbook category of PCs.

The minicard is based on MxL5007T, MaxLinear's third-generation multi-standard true digital CMOS silicon tuner. MxL5007T supports every major digital terrestrial TV standard, including ATSC, DVB-T, DVB-H and DTMB. The card has been designed into UMPCs that are shipping now.

The MxL5007T provides the lowest power, smallest size and best-in-class performance. Consuming only 350mW of power, the MxL5007T is the "greenest" tuner IC on the market. It offers more than 50 percent power savings over competitive tuners, allowing consumers to enjoy longer battery life without compromising performance. The high performance of the MxL5007T means that end users will have reliable reception under difficult signal conditions.

By implementing the minicard, UMPC makers will be able to take advantage of greater performance margin, simple implementation and reliable quality at a competitive price.

"Netbooks and UMPCs are emerging as a key mobile entertainment platform because they are both compact and have decent-sized screens, and we see them having a great impact on the PCTV business and on mobile TV as well," said Kishore Seendripu, MaxLinear CEO. "Hauppauge is one of MaxLinear's longest standing customers and we are excited to have this partnership opportunity to deliver such a unique solution."

"With UMPCs driving much of the growth in the PC industry, we are pleased to expand our cooperation with MaxLinear to our latest ATSC/QAM minicard solution," said Ken Plotkin, president and CEO of Hauppauge. "The ultralow power consumption of the MxL5007T, coupled with its high performance, provides a unique combination of benefits especially valuable for our target market."

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